Broadway Goes Pennsylvania Dutch During March Talk

PENNSBURG PA – A discussion titled “Acting Dutch: Pennsylvania Dutch-Inspired Theater in the 20th Century,” which explores plays and musicals that were based on Pennsylvania Dutch culture, is scheduled for March 9 (2022; Wednesday) at noon as part of the Brown Bag Lunch lecture series at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St. The event is free and open to the public.

The illustrated talk reflects the “surprising amount of Pennsylvania Dutch-themed plays written and produced over the last 100 years,” several of which (like “Erstwhile Susan,” at top) even made it to Broadway, according to the center’s calendar page. “Some of them you may know, but the majority you probably don’t,” it also admitted.

Heritage Center Curator of Collections Candace Perry will offer an hour-long guided tour of the Great White Way and local byways, Pennsylvania Dutch-style, both in-person and virtually on Zoom. For more information or to register, call the center at 215-679-3103 or send an e-mail to

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Photo of Barnabetta from the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center